Cory Booker: ‘I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengtheneth Me’

By CNSNews.com Staff | August 20, 2019 | 11:00am EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Cory Booker (D.-N.J.), speaking Friday at the Young Leaders Conference sponsored by the Black Church PAC, focused his opening remarks on a verse from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians which says: “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.”

“And I believe, as Phillippians 4:13 says, I can do all things, all things, but y’all, I gotta call it out,” said Booker. “It says I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me. Now, Christ does not strengthen you to sit on the sidelines. Christ does not strengthen you to sit on the couch. This is not a spectator sport.”

Booker said this after telling the audience that America is in “a time of moral crisis.”

“I want to let you all know right now that we are in a time of moral crisis,” Booker said. “It is a crisis of virtue. So many of the problems we see are symptoms of that spiritual crisis that we are in.

“And if we as members of the faith community do not understand that this is the very calling of our time, to deal with the spiritual crisis that we are in,” said Booker.

“I get very frustrated when people want to try to separate this idea of the role of the church and the role of the civic space,” he said. “That is just not true, you can no more divide your own body, because the church is not four walls, the church is the body of Christ.”

Here is a transcript of the part of Booker’s remarks where he discussed Philippians 4:13:

“Booker: “I want to let you all know right now that we are in a time of moral crisis. It is a crisis of virtue. So many of the problems we see are symptoms of that spiritual crisis that we are in.

“And if we as members of the faith community do not understand that this is the very calling of our time, to deal with the spiritual crisis that we are in.

“I get very frustrated when people want to try to separate this idea of the role of the church and the role of the civic space. That is just not true, you can no more divide your own body, because the church is not four walls, the church is the body of Christ.

“And I believe, as Phillippians 4:13 says, I can do all things, all things, but y’all, I got to call it out. It says I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me. Now, Christ does not strengthen you to sit on the sidelines. Christ does not strengthen you to sit on the couch. This is not a spectator sport. Martin Luther King said it best when his era, in his moral moment, he said: We have to repent in our days and age, not just for the vitriolic words and violent actions of the bad people, but the appalling silence and inaction of the good people.

“And so I want to call the faith community together. Because faith without works is:

Audience: “Dead.”

Booker: “Faith without works is:

Audience: “Dead.”

Booker: “And we need to bring this nation back to life. There is too much death, there is too much darkness, and if the faith community does not lead we will never make it to the promised land.”

 

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